For me, the highlights were these:
- The discussion on marriage. This was the only opportunity to raise the matter of sexuality which is the elephant in the room of many of our other discussions, for example the Anglican Covenant.On both sides of the issue people made informed contributions in a respectful and honest way. Some of the contributions were deeply, deeply moving, particularly those from two synod members (one on the "conservative" side of the debate, one from the "liberal" but both of whom had a very orthodox theology ) who were parents of gay children.
- The discussion on asset sharing. I have mentioned this before, and there has been a bit of a discussion in the comments to one of my posts, so I won't bore you with repetition.
- The presentation from our youth commission and the very intelligent , innovative and eminently workable process they have arrived at for the development of youth ministry.
- The powerful opening worship, and particularly, the evidence it gave to the robust state of youth work in the Diocese of Polynesia.
- The presentation from the Centre for Women's Studies and the astonishing amount of stuff they have managed to do on a minuscule budget.
- The great progress made in reforming St. John's College.
- The fact that we spent hours and hours on comparatively minor matters, such as reading through reports which everyone had already read before arrival, and consequently....
- ... the severely curtailed debate on the most important matters before us, including the sexuality debate, the asset sharing discussions and...
- ...the resounding silence which followed the descriptions, in IDC, by Bishop Victoria Matthews and myself of the challenges facing our respective dioceses.